Print Chops

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE -

Print chops are one of the main ways to dis­tin­guish an orig­i­nal Inuit fine art print from a re­pro­duc­tion. These unique mark­ers were first ap­plied to prints made in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset) in the late 1950s. The prac­tice is adapted from Ja­panese print­mak­ing and was ob­served and sub­se­quently uti­lized by Cana­dian craft of­fi­cer James Hous­ton, who was in­stru­men­tal in early Inuit print­mak­ing. Other com­mu­ni­ties fol­lowed suit, al­though many in­de­pen­dent print­mak­ers, such as Ger­maine Ar­nak­tauyok, do not uti­lize chops.

Most prints have a ba­sic leg­end of in­for­ma­tion—name of the artist and printer, ti­tle, year, edi­tion, com­mu­nity name and com­mu­nity chops.

San­dra B. Barz, PhD (Honourary) For­mer Pub­lisher and Editor for Arts & Cul­ture of the North

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on more than 8,000 prints and de­tailed ac­counts of in­di­vid­ual artist chops and spe­cial col­lec­tions and re­leases re­fer to the Inuit Artists Print Work­books, Vol­umes 1 and 3.

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